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1 free from storms or physical disturbance
  • after a stormy night of high winds and driving rains, the day dawned on a calm sea

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3 free from disturbing noise or uproar
  • the room became much calmer once the rowdy tour group had left

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Synonyms & Antonyms of calm (Entry 2 of 3)

1 a state of freedom from storm or disturbance
  • vacationing city dwellers who are tired of the hustle and bustle enjoy the calm of the secluded mountain village

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Synonyms & Antonyms of calm (Entry 3 of 3)

1 to free from distress or disturbance
  • the president's reassuring words did much to calm the public during the national emergency

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2 to gain emotional or mental control of
  • he calmed himself before continuing the eulogy

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Frequently Asked Questions About calm

How is the word calm different from other adjectives like it?

Some common synonyms of calm are peaceful, placid, serene, and tranquil. While all these words mean "quiet and free from disturbance," calm often implies a contrast with a foregoing or nearby state of agitation or violence.

the protests ended, and the streets were calm again

When is peaceful a more appropriate choice than calm?

In some situations, the words peaceful and calm are roughly equivalent. However, peaceful implies a state of repose in contrast with or following strife or turmoil.

grown peaceful in old age

When might placid be a better fit than calm?

The words placid and calm can be used in similar contexts, but placid suggests an undisturbed appearance and often implies a degree of complacency.

remained placid despite the criticism

When would serene be a good substitute for calm?

Although the words serene and calm have much in common, serene stresses an unclouded and lofty tranquility.

watched the sunset of a serene summer's evening

When can tranquil be used instead of calm?

The synonyms tranquil and calm are sometimes interchangeable, but tranquil suggests a very deep quietude or composure.

the tranquil beauty of a formal garden

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The first known use of calm was in the 14th century

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“Calm.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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